Wednesday, July 31, 2013

 In April Michael turned 25. 

Monday, April 1, 2013

I'm a grandmother.  And it's the best. thing. ever.

Born January 27th, 2013
8#, 6 oz.
(proud parents...Mike and Carina)
Born March 22, 2013
6#, 9 oz.
(proud parents...Greg and Lizz)
Cousins!!! Two months apart.

Monday, December 31, 2012

Christmas 2012 Highlights

 We started a new tradition with Elfie...
 And the little boys loved her!!!

Traditional gingerbread houses. Carina took it very
seriously and created the prettiest one.

I finally figured out how I was going to add
the girls' names to their husbands' stockings. I just
needlepointed a little red heart and then added their initial.
I love it!

My most favorite gifts are the ones
the boys make at school and excitedly bring
home to give to me!


 Sammy loved that I came into his class to help with the
class Chrstmas party! All the kids
wore their pajamas to school that day.

We took the boys to see the
Christmas temple lights. So beautiful!
Carina was 8 months pregnant,
and Lizz was 7 months!

I stayed up way too late on Christmas Eve preparing the magic!

And Christmas morning! 

At the end of a perfect Christmas day,
we roasted some marshmellows.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Winter Formal

Johnathon & Brecken
Mountain View Winter Formal
December 2012
Senior year, almost 18


Friday, November 30, 2012

Day 22:  My home

Our house today

Our house in 1994 the year we moved in
I just love my house.  Scott and I have spent many, many years remodeling, adding to, and fixing up.  It has been fun, hard, expensive, and exciting all at the same time!  I love that I come up with an idea and Scott can do it all himself.  He's amazing that way.  We've done so much to this house, but have a lot more to do.  It's been a work in progress for time and funds allow.  I've always wanted to raise my children in the same house that they would one day bring their own children to visit.  I can't imagine ever leaving this house, and it makes me really sad to think of another family living here.  I'm grateful for the safety our home provides us, and for the memories that have been made here. 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Day 21:  Family traditions

I love this time of the year when the boys are excited about all the little things we do to celebrate and capture the magic of the season.  I'm grateful for the traditions we've incorporated and for the opportunity to add new ones!  I've been wanting to do the "elf on a shelf" for a couple of years.  This year I broke down and purchased one.  Sammy loves our little elf and totally "believes!"  I'm thankful to have one that does still believe!  I'm grateful for all the memories and traditions we've created and enjoyed over the many years we've had together as a family.  I'm thankful to be part of a family! I'm especially grateful to be the mom of this family of mine.  Thank you, thank you for blessing me with this experience. 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Day 20:  Serving in cub scouts

I'm currently serving as the wolf den leader in the cub scouting program of my church. This is the fourth time I've held this calling.  No surprises there!  It seems to be one of those callings that no one really wants to have, but I really like it!  I love that I get to work right from my home, have my Sundays free, and I'm in charge of what I do and when I do it.  As long as the boys are getting their achievements accomplished and are having fun at the same time, I'm successful and doing my job correctly.  I love working with the little eight year old boys.  They are so excited to finally be a cub scout, and they really want to be there.  It really is the best calling!  And after five consecutive years of  serving in the Young Women program, I was ready for something a lot more low key.  I may have even asked for this opportunity when I heard there was an availablity.